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Is there anywhere service dogs are not permitted?

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2017-09-05 07:51:34

Note: "Seeing Eye" is a brand name of guide dog. This answer

applies to all guide dogs and all service dogs. Generally

guide, hearing and service dogs are permitted to accompany their

disabled owner everywhere members of the public are allowed, but

there are a few exceptions. For example, a member of the public

would be permitted in the dining area of a restaurant, but not in

the kitchen. Therefore, a guide dog would be permitted to accompany

his disabled owner in the dining area of a restaurant. It is also

an important distinction to note that it is the handler who has

access rights and not the dog. A guide dog without his blind

handler has no particular access rights of his own and neither does

a hearing dog or other service dog without his disabled handler.

"Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), businesses and

organizations that serve the public must allow people with

disabilities to bring their service animals into all areas of the

facility where customers are normally allowed to go. This federal

law applies to all businesses open to the public, including

restaurants, hotels, taxis and shuttles, grocery and department

stores, hospitals and medical offices, theaters, health clubs,

parks, and zoos." -- U.S Department of Justice.

For clarification, contact the U.S. Department of Justice's ADA

Information Line at 800 - 514 - 0301 (voice) or 800 - 514

- 0383 (TTY) In the U.S., according to the Department of

Justice's Business Brief concerning Service Animals, business

owners/managers can ask 2 specific questions. 1) Is this a service

dog required because of a disability? and 2) What task(s) is the

dog trained to perform? If these questions are not appropriately

answered, the business may exclude the animal, but not the person.

Though service animals of all kinds can legally accompany their

disabled handler almost anywhere the handler goes, they can be

excluded from areas where their presence would constitute either a

fundamental alteration of goods and services available for all or a

direct threat to safety. Examples where a service animal might be

excluded include:

-Sterile rooms, such as operating rooms, some areas of emergency

rooms/departments, some ICU rooms, some ambulances, some delivery

rooms (on a case-by-case basis)

-Clean rooms where microchips are manufactured

-Places where food is prepared (though they cannot generally be

excluded from dining areas where food is present) (by order of most

health departments)

-Open air zoological exhibits, such as open air aviaries (at the

zoo's discretion)

-Churches (at the church's discretion)

-Native American Tribal Council Chambers (at the council's


-Federal Courts (at the judge's discretion)

-Private clubs (at the club's discretion)

-Private homes (at the home owner's discretion)

So far, this discussion is centered entirely on laws of access

in the United States of America. Other countries will have their

own laws in place regarding the access rights of individuals

accompanied by a service animal. ---- = = The most reliable source

of information on this topic would be to call the United States

Department of Justice's Americans with Disabilities Act Hotline

toll-free at 800-514-0301 (voice) or 800-514-0383 (TDD). The ADA

protects access rights of disabled service dog handlers. There are

certain places where having a dog might propose a health risk and

service dogs would not be allowed in these areas. These areas

include Critical Care units and restaurant kitchens. A service dog

would be allowed in the restaurant, but not in the food prep area.

The service would be allowed in a regular hospital room but not the


Private clubs and religious organizations may also choose to not

allow service dogs. This is up to the organization, they are exempt

from the ADA.

By law,

seeing eye-dogs are allowed everywhere. Except roller coaster I

would imagine. They are allowed in restaurants and anywhere the

owner goes as long as they have their service vest on.

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